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Hillary’s Real Crime

by Keith Koffler on May 11, 2013, 12:50 pm

Democrats and the White House are deriding the Benghazi investigations as a witch hunt. And the chief “witch” in Republicans’ crosshairs, they say, is Hillary Clinton. I’ve even heard supposedly neutral journalists say the idea here from the GOP is to go after Hillary and soften her up for 2016.

If only Republicans were that sophisticated in their political approach and could think so far ahead.

Sure, there’s politics involved. It’s Washington. But there’s also genuine outrage and serious issues of concern. Hillary has indeed come under fire, mainly for incompetence and potentially for following political impulses in her response to Benghazi, a terrorist attack lodged after al Qaeda was supposed to have been defeated.

But the Hillary’s most frightening outrage has largely been glossed over.

Hillary ObamaAccording to the father of one of the Navy SEALs killed while trying to defend our people, Hillary told him, “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video.”

This is – particularly for someone who has been in public life for more than three decades, served as first lady, as a United States senator and as Secretary of State, and who likely still wants to be president – completely unfathomable.

The person, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was indeed arrested and prosecuted for violating the terms of his probation for a previous crime. He was thrown into jail just 16 days after the Benghazi attack.

The problem here is not that Nakoula was prosecuted for violating his probation. The problem is that it appears his case was dusted off and acted on in response to pressure from the Obama administration to punish him for making a reprensible anti-Islamic video that caused people overseas who do not share our values to throw conniptions.

Hillary’s comment, which I have not seen rebutted, draws a direct link between the new prosecution of Nakoula and the Obama administration.

Not everyone who breaks the law – including violating the terms of their probation – gets prosecuted. With finite resources, prosecutors make decisions all the time about whom to go after and when.

There is now every reason to believe that the government pursued Nakoula because the administration wanted him jailed for making a video.

He may eventually have been prosecuted anyway. But he most likely went to jail on September 27 because the Obama administration, and in particular Hillary Clinton, was unhappy about his exercise of free speech.

There is no more paramount ideal in the country, no more sacrosanct principle, than freedom of speech. It’s what we do here. Neither race, ethnicity nor religion – nor even shared history – define the United States. Principles do. And Freedom of Speech is Principle #1.

As has been said, we have freedom of speech not to protect innocuous comments. It’s there to safeguard us when we say something outrageous.

Hillary Clinton believes in free speech when it’s convenient. That’s a frightening prospect for a future president.

Of course, if Hillary wanted to go after Nakoula, it’s fair to assume the current president did too.

Congress should immediately open an investigation into the circumstances of Nakoula’s prosecution and jailing. They must determine whether the White House or anyone else pressured prosecutors to act. And anyone who did so must be held to account.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Oh have you read her correctly! BTW, the guy is still in jail. No bond?

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A.J. May 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Yeah, what’s up with that? Where the ech ee double toothpicks is the ACLU?????

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DeniseVB May 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

So is the Pakistani doctor who helped our people take out OBL. They jailed him on some other fluffy lie. He still sits there.

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cincycinco May 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Maybe they should be grateful that jail’s all they got? After all, The Vengeful Caliph COULD have painted them as terrorist, and had them drone struck ALL BY HIMSELF…

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Mandy Manners May 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I don’t think you can get bonded out for violating probation. All this is is his serving the jail sentence for a crime for which he already was found guilty.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Yes, but as Keith said, the guy was out walking free and all of a sudden it was convenient to haul him in. Another coinky-dink. And as I responded to you or someone else, this guy is no risk of fleeing the country after the video set-up. There probably is a fatwa out on him.

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Mandy Manners May 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I can’t get past the fact that he willfully broke the terms of his probation for a crime to which he plead guilty after ratting out his fellow crooks in exchange for a reduced sentence. And, he plead guilty to attempting to cook meth a few years earlier and broke the terms of that probation.

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HappyCustomer May 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

The guy went to jail for something else – parole violation or some such thing.

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Mandy Manners May 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

He violated the terms of probation for defrauding many people, a federal crime.

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lc southern May 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I agree Mandy, he violated the terms of parole. Did they conveniently use that against him to have a scapegoat yes. But he willfully violated the terms.

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

He set himself up to be the scapegoat. I have no sympathy for him as far as that goes. However, I wish him a long (and, crime-free) life in regards to the fatwa.

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A.J. May 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Liberals believe we should have the freedom to say what THEY want to hear. When I read Hilary’s comment about prosecuting the filmmaker in an earlier post my immediate reaction was, “Prosecute him for WHAT????” I’m an animal lover so I don’t like flogging a dead horse, but if the main-stream media would just go after the Benghazi story IMPARTIALLY I truly believe the Obama administration would come tumbling down.

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cincycinco May 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

It doesn’t matter what Hilz does at this point, Hopey’s fixing to sacrifice his erstwhile Secretary of State anyway, if Carney’s remarks are any indication;
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carney-throws-state-under-bus-benghazi_722079.html

He never liked her anyway, and she’d just mess up his third-term bid or Mooch’s first term run, depending on just how Unconsitutinal he’s feeling in 2016. The Clintons better have something on him, or they may finally have some karma coming their way for their OWN cover ups when Billy was Prezzy.

The way they brought Bill Clinton to heel in the last election would suggest to me that Obama has something on THEM, not the other way around. NO ONE has EVER gotten BILL CLINTON to behave before, so he must have some REALLY bad juju on them…

But is it bad enough to make him capable of destroying Hillary – HILLARY! – to save himself?

Stay tuned…

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bonnie cox May 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hillary was up to her eyebrows in Whitewater. Remember what happened to Vince Foster? If someone has something on you, you “off” them!

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rulierose May 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

please…you do the Benghazi investigation no good when you bring up silly conspiracies like Vince Foster. let the poor guy rest in peace!

Hillary Clinton isn’t guilty of murder any more than Mitt Romney was for that guy’s wife who died of cancer. and her hands are plenty dirty on Benghazi without having to relive the ’90s.

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cincycinco May 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

“Democrats and the White House are deriding the Benghazi investigations as a witch hunt. And the chief “witch” in Republicans’ crosshairs, they say, is Hillary Clinton. I’ve even heard supposedly neutral journalists say the idea here from the GOP is to go after Hillary and soften her up for 2016.” – Keith Koffer

Republicans? Actually having a workable stragety and giving back 1/100th of the nasty that Dems have given THEM?

NOT the party of John “Play Nice or I’ll Cry – Again” Boehner! NOT the party of John “We REALLY need to shut those Tea Party people up for speaking Truth to Power!” McCain!

This is just projecting on the part of the Democrats. It’s the kind of thing THEY do without breathing hard, and no one fears theft more than a theif…

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srdem65 May 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I agree. You’re right. Totally.

The Repubs have bigger fish to fry than MrsClinton’s supposed run for the Presidency in 2016; they’re going after the US Senate majority. They’ll paint all of the Dems as a bunch of cowardly, insensitive liars as they tie MrsClinton’s malfeasence in office to every candidate on the ballot.
The hapless video maker won’t be on anyone’s pity list until Congress gets the whole mess out in the public and chains every event together.

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Susan May 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Agree there are bigger fish to fry, srdem. The televised arrest of the videomaker by federal agents was meant to appease our enemies and shock the conscience of Americans. Unfortunately, he is just one fly caught in this massive web of deceit. I believe justice will be served eventually – it just won’t be swift.

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Star May 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I think one crime of hers against human decency is to know that her friend, the ambassador, was raped then killed or killed then raped and she thinks how this came to be is a technicality and makes no difference. Does the woman have an inner core?

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Susan May 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

In my opinion, that appearance of inhumanity is a character trait of an Alinskyite, Star. I don’t believe Hillary wanted her friend Chris to die, but she didn’t do anything about it because her incompetence would be exposed. Even if she had a pang of guilt or remorse afterward, she probably just chanted to herself ‘the end justifies the means’, until she convinced herself that her friend Chris Stevens and the three other men died for the cause.

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Star May 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I am no mind reader…so I don’t know…I think she may just sort of skip over it mentally. I am not comfortable with all this labeling–Alinskyite, politburo, the Nazi blat, RINO, closet this, closet that, etc. People are people–they have mixed motives, defenses, rationalizations, escapes, and so on to get them through the day.

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Susan May 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I’m not trying to be a mind-reader. The relationship between Hillary and Saul Alinsky is a fact. That she wrote a worshipful analysis of Saul Alinsky for her senior thesis at Wellesley College is a fact. That she follows the same ideology as Saul Alinsky is a fact. Didn’t intend to to disturb your sensitivities, but I call them as I see them.

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SophieCT May 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

This. This is why the Clintons always land on their feet and emerge victorious–because of the complete stupidity of anti-Clinton people. Keep posting, Susan.

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Susan May 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Is name-calling all you got? If it makes you feel any better, Obama (who stole the 2008 nomination from your idol) is an Alinskyite too. Don’t you worry about me, Sophie. I’ll keep posting, knowing that not all Democrats are cultists under the spell of these 60′s era Marxists.

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HappyCustomer May 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

She needs to be booted from her “public service” career.

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Playrighter May 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Rand Paul is being attacked as partisan and self-serving for stating that her behavior disqualifies her for higher office.

The facts on the ground are that her partisan and self-serving behavior absolute should disqualify her for any office.

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mo1 May 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I think the more important crime is that she, along with President Obama, made no effort to protect or save our people in Benghazi on September 11. It appears Ambassador Stevens was only there because of Hillary Clinton’s ego — she wanted to open a consulate before she left office.

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Moe May 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Standing in front of thosecoffins and lying to the poor broken heart families faces speaks volumes about the entire bunch.

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rulierose May 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I was encouraged to see the press briefing the other day, where Carney was beaten up pretty bad. if the MSM has decided this is a story, it’s going to be a story, and the Clintons may not be able to kill it.

but never underestimate the minuscule attention span of the low-info voters. they may not remember where Libya is by 2016.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

How true. Strega may even run the same 3 a.m. call ad.

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Noelle Randall May 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Keith

You are so right about this, and yet nobody has suggested an inquiry into this disgusting action on the part of this administration. Although I have been angry about this, I had not thought about the ramifications
for the rest of us. I hope you can move this idea forward. Our life
as we knew it is slowly being sucked down the drain.

Thank you so much for your daily updates, I really enjoy them and get a good laugh over some while wanting to cry over others.
Keep up the good work.

warmest
Noelle

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Marcus May 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Political hacks like Hillary and Obama lie about everything all the time. We all understand that. What’s really bizarre is that they don’t seem to grasp that they will be caught–often within minutes of when their latest bag of lies is spread out. And when they are exposed for yet another lie, they just shuffle off to the next lie. It’s very strange behavior. No remorse. No compunction. No guilt.

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A.J. May 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY back when I was in the USAF and our enemy was the USSR we received briefings explaining the Soviets concept of “The Big Lie”. You tell a lie. You repeat the lie. Louder this time. You keep on doing this until the lie becomes “The Truth”. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is no more, but “The Big Lie” is alive and well and living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave!!

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Frederick May 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

It’s even worse than this. CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood both have siblings that work at the White House for President Obama, working on foreign policy issues directly related to the Benghazi cover-up.

The siblings are: Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication, brother to David Rhodes and Ben Sherwood’s sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall who is a Special Assistant to Barack Obama.

In Addition: the CNN deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Tom Nides who is the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

As ABCNews.com reported Friday, it was Ben Rhodes who was the key player in revising the White House’s Benghazi talking points last September. Be sure his brother, CBS President David Rhodes is never going to cover it.

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Lizzie May 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Yeah, Clinton and Obama BOTH LIED ABOUT THE VIDEO RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DEAD BODIES of THE AMBASSADOR AND THE OTHERS! DOESN’T ANYONE SEE HOW HORRIBLE THESE TWO ARE AND THEY ARE RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT? what kind of lack of compassion, truth and character does Clinton and Obama have to lie like this and in front of the dead bodies and their families? Clinton and Obama — sanctity of life means nothing to them, to them abortion is wonderful and wherever Clinton goes, dead people turn up and now we are finding out where Obama’s bodies are. These people should face justice. If we can’t impeach a black President, then we can’t have a black president and we can’t have a woman President either if they are going to be treated differently from other Presidents.

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Not Nabob the Knothead May 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Lying today is no big deal these days. Bill Clinton made that possible. Low information voters don’t care, because they have to tell a few to get their goodies.

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MichelleIndependent May 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hillary Clinton is a power-hungry soulless witch.

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 6:55 am

Furthering her political career is the only answer to the question of why she didn’t boot Bill’s sorry butt to the curb.

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Lizzy May 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

Yes they still deserve each other and I’m sure Bill hasn’t been
lonely. Charming couple.

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

To each her own, but I just cannot fathom it.

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 7:31 am

U.S. officials have told the Texas creator of a plastic gun that was made from a 3-D printer and successfully test-fired last weekend to take down online blueprints for the weapon.

The move by the State Department, under its authority to review arms exports, followed the posting of an online video by Defense Distributed showing a demonstration of its handgun, the Liberator. The gun, which looks like a water pistol but fires a .380-caliber bullet, was almost entirely made on a printer that can fabricate solid objects from blueprints. An ordinary nail was used as a firing pin.

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Cody Wilson, a founder of Defense Distributed, an Austin nonprofit corporation, said he had complied with the government request, but that he and his attorneys were reviewing their options and talking to organizations that support open access to information about challenging any ongoing ban.

In the case of the Liberator, the State Department’s request came after instructions on how to make the gun were downloaded 100,000 times. Those plans have since been uploaded to file-sharing sites beyond the reach of the U.S. government.

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In a letter to Wilson, the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance gave the company three weeks to submit documentation that would show that its online blueprints do not fall under the jurisdiction of the State Department. It cited a number of items besides the gun, including plans for a plastic silencer and sight, among other gun parts.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/state-dept-tells-plastic-gun-creator-to-take-blueprints-off-web-site/2013/05/10/ad5a46ac-b999-11e2-b94c-b684dda07add_story.html

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Misscheryl May 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

You’re right Keith! I found this to be scary as hell at the time it happened. Our government, the obama administration threw a US citizen in jail to serve their political agenda. Yes, the guy is violated his probation. Nothing would have happened since making a video of islam extremist has nothing to do with his original crime. My question, how the heck did they know about the video to begin with? How did they find someone who fit their purposes?

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

One of the terms of his probation which he violated forbad him from using an alias, and he lied to the police. He’s a creep and a crook.

I wonder, though, why the protests started on 9-11-12, when the movie had been out for about two months.

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Misscheryl May 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I agree with you that he’s a creep and I understand he violated his probation. My question is how did they find him to blame?

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

IIRC, one of his known aliases was very similar to the alias he was using when he either made the film or posted it on YouTube.

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Kelli May 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

No the REAL issue is that the person directly under her, as in her #1 told the wittnesses not to talk to the congressional investigators, and then sent an attorney with the congressional investigators so as to apply pressure on the whistle-blowers and remind them of their directive NOT to talk! This is a CRIME! Nevermind impeachment hearings arrest her for giving the order. Who else would the order have come from?

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

Her boss.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Knowing how lazy Obama is, I would not doubt that he allowed her to be her own boss, nor can I seeing her accepting the cabinet position without an understanding that she would have ‘special’ rights. Still, we know for certain Obama was notified yet he basically chose to ‘wash his hands’ the night of the event. So he too is guilty of dereliction of duty.

I don’t ‘never mind’ impeachment hearings in the future, but I am dismayed by people like Huckleberry talking about it already. Right now impeachment is not possible: let’s wait until after 2014 and see if we have the votes both to impeach and convict. If there is a loud cry right now, that will only work in Obama’s favor because the media and low info crowd will rally to his defense.

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Mandy Manners May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Huckleberry = Huckabee?

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Julie Brueckheimer May 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Ha ha, thanks.

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Charjo May 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Funny isn’t it that Hillary and Obama and all of their co-horts don’t see anything wrong with the “free speech” that haters of Christians spew forth in this country and have for years! We are now being dubbed a “terrorist” group!

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Playrighter May 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Also odd (and absolutely incredible) that neither Obama nor Clinton are mentioned in the ARB (other than mentioning that Clinton gave some administrative order). And Issa this morning, in response to Pickering accusing Issa of blocking his testifying at last week’s hearings (to which Issa responded that he was not offered as a witness per standard policy [just like Fluke at the "War on Women" hearings], noted that not only did the Congressional committee not have access to the interviews of those no the ground in Libya, the committee wasn’t even allowed to know their names.

Talk about stonewalling. In the real legal system, this would be called obstruction of justice.

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Playrighter May 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

edit: “those ON the ground”

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Julie Brueckheimer May 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I would like both Pickering and Mullens (Mullins?) to be called before some committee but preferably a special committee. Right now while the Republicans are lining up the charges is not the time to allow them to muddy up the waters. If they want to be questioned by Congress in defense of the State Department at that point in time, fine.

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Walker Jones May 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The world knows that Benghazi was involved in
Weapons running to the Libyan Rebels. Bad
went wrong and the Administration tried to hide
and distant itself from the truth and lied about
the whole fiasco. Turning their backs on those
out front in Benghazi was unforgivable.
jwj

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Julie Brueckheimer May 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I’ve read that too, but it confuses me. If the administration was supporting the rebels with gun running, then you would question why the administration today in the aftermath of Benghazi would still be talking about giving the rebels both ‘humanitarian’ aid and firearms because if those same rebels attacked the mission which was gun running for them, why trust them further? The so-called rebels are hugging their hatred of America to their chest while at the same time wanting the US material support against Assad. Does Obama know what he is doing?

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Jay Williams May 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

Shame on you Hillary, don’t plan on running in 2016 you are a done deal. You are a liar who doesn’t have clue to about what its to have free speech. Shame on your spending habits of the past and the guy who died during your 1st lady stint? Shame on you Hillary for your hubbies lying about his white stain on the blue dress for the sake of politics you took it on the fat cheek……Obama rake you over the coals so you end up working and lying for the so call president. How about the 2 million dollar trip you and the Chelsy took to Africa at out expense? Hillary you carry around a heavy purse of lies and its time for you to go home and stay there! God knows you were ill during the hearings to skipped first. A book could be done on your lying alone.

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Jay Williams May 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

No way we should wait to hang the white house to dry.. By doing so they will only get their way letting the crime die and fade into the mist like all political lies do. Its about time the no news of the left get a big dose as to what they pulled over the American people and thank God for Fox like them or not they are the only ones reporting the crimes of the white house. I’m so sick of the pussy footing around with this so called president because he’s black, excuse me half black, its time to call him out on his crazy mistakes and his insane spending 7 trillion dollars. Wake Up America,

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